Western liberals need to admit that we have finally reached the limits of the Enlightenment’s cult of secular individualism.
Most Americans, only marginally less ethnocentric today than twenty years ago, have a simplistic, nuance-free view of China and the Chinese people. Although apprehensive about the rise of an economic juggernaut and its impact on the American way of life, the images China casts up are rooted in the past.
A life dominated by mouth cancer, the biblical writers have shown me that God is big enough to take it when we shout, "Why are you sleeping in my storm?" In the case of the disciples, Jesus responds by stilling the wind with the same language he used to cast out demons.
In the United States, the societal structure is overly individualistic. Especially in certain geographic areas like the Northeast, individualism and self-centered values are to an extent that pushes one towards selfishness and loneliness.
As I listen to the campaign speeches of the Republican and Democratic presidential front-runners - each outlining their views for the future of America - it seems to me that it boils down to one central question.
All of my protestations remind me of that eternal bachelor, George Clooney, who when confronted with a woman so right for
Building resilience and changing how we define beauty will not only serve as important protective factors for this population, but it will also help us see the world as it is, rather than as we would like it to be. Aging is a natural part of being alive. To believe otherwise is illusory. Everything that exists in our natural world gets older and changes over time.
The so-called "Libertarian" battle cry of "liberty" and "freedom" through "personal responsibility" sounds wonderful on the surface, but we have to ask ourselves as individuals and as a nation, what do they really mean by and what are the costs of this alleged "liberty" and "freedom"?
Millennials seem to getting a bad rap as if they are too self-centered and privileged. But, in my experience as a parent and psychoanalyst, the Millennials are politically adept, inclusive, and passionate about their ideals
Who's bigger? Who's taller? Who's harder to handle? Who crawled first? Who's your favorite (OK, that one was from an adorable seven-year-old)? These are all common questions from the people that surround me. At just 14-months-old, these questions and comparisons are harmless to the girls. With two side by side, we can't help but compare them.
The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.